The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) will cease to operate from 1st September 2022. 
The NCGE and its Management Committee, Léargas, the Department of Education, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Solas and ETBI have been carrying out significant work since earlier this year to prepare for the reorganisation of guidance support. A Transitions Working Group and additional sub-groups have been meeting regularly to co-ordinate the reorganisation.

For further information relating to ongoing and future support in place, click HERE

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Episode 3: 'Four Key Principles for Working in Guidance' with Dr. Deirdre Hughes OBE

January 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, NCGE director Jennifer McKenzie meets with Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE. Deirdre discusses her background and origins in Guidance, ongoing developments and research in the UK, and the four key principles which inform her work: 

  • Keeping people switched onto learning
  • Encouraging people not to close down opportunities too early
  • Broadening horizons and challenging assumptions 
  • Creating relevant exposure to, and experiences of, the world of work

Dr Hughes provides some wise words of advice for guidance community in Ireland, including to remember “the art of the possible” and to look after ourselves! 

For further information on areas discussed in this episode, please see: 

DMH Associates 

CiCi, Careers Chatbot (currently in development) 

Scotland’s Careers Strategy: Moving Forward (Feb 2020) 

A freelance academic researcher, career development professional and government policy adviser, Dr Deirdre Hughes of DMH Associates has written over 125 articles and book chapters, and made over 200 presentations to international, national and regional professional groups dealing with all-age careers work, employment and skills issues. She is co-editor of the British Journal for Guidance and Counselling International Symposium Series. She is also a Cedefop appointed national expert in lifelong guidance and careers education (May 2017). 


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Episode 2: 'The Magic Wand: Lifelong Guidance for Everyone' with Aisling Fleming

January 2021

In this episode of The NCGE Podcast, NCGE Post Primary Coordinator Dr Carol Guildea is in conversation with Mary Stokes, NCGE FET Coordinator and Aisling Fleming, DCU. This episode discusses a shared vision of the provision of guidance for everyone, and how this may be achieved through: developing guidance awareness among colleagues, clients, parents etc, challenging normative gender roles and stereotypes in expectations of clients, providing a reflective space; ensuring GCs have access to each other, and more. 

What works? Career-related learning in primary schoolsDr. Elnaz Kashefpakdel, Jordan Rehill (Education and Employers) and Dr. Deirdre Hughes OBE (DMH Associates) (2018) 

Aisling Fleming is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Guidance Counselling programmes in Dublin City University. She holds an MSc in Guidance Counselling and a BA (Hons) in International Business. With over 18 years’ experience in both the business and education sectors. Within business, she has worked as a HR and recruitment specialist and in management in both public and private sector organisations. She has designed and delivered employability training to jobseekers in community settings and to individuals and groups including the EU Youth Guarantee. Aisling also has extensive experience in the education sector working with second and third level students to facilitate their understanding of the working world and skills employers are looking for. 

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Episode 1: 'Challenges & collaboration with Independent Community Education in FET' with Tara Farrell

January 2021

this, the FIRST episode of 'The NCGE Podcast', FET Programme Coordinator Mary Stokes speaks with Tara Farrell about engaging the Community Education conversation in relation to collaboration with FET Guidance, equity, social inclusion and more.  
For further information on areas discussed in this episode, please see: 

Longford Women’s Link  



Digital Empowerment for Digitally Upskilling Adults (DELSA) 

SHE - (SHE school) 

European Association for the Education of Adults  Outreach and Access in Adult Learning: Access in Rural Areas Nov 2020 

Tara Farrell is the CEO of Longford Women’s Link. She is also Chairperson of AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation made up of 400 members across Ireland. A native of Roscommon, Tara has over 20 years’ experience in the Community, Voluntary and Education sectors, in a variety of areas including Governance, Project Management, Social Economy, Gender Equality, Conflict Resolution and engaging in Broadcast and Social Media. She holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law and also lectures in Human Rights and Equality at St. Angela’s College (National University of Ireland Galway) in Sligo. She has previously taught Political Science in the University of Limerick and Management Development at Dublin City University. Tara is also a trustee of Irish Rural Link and Roscommon Women’s Network.

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